The Snowy Day (Peter #1)
No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy d ...more
Then began an experience that turned my life around—working on a book with a black kid as hero. None of the manuscripts I’d been illustrating featured any black kids—except for token blacks in the background. My book would have him there simply because he should have been there a...more
I still adore Peter's excitement over the snow, and the simple but loving way his story is told. It really captures the child's joy in the little things; making o ...more
The Snowy Day was a 1963 Caldecott Medal winner. Now, 50 years later, this book is still available at your local library. It was written and illustrated for children ages 3 to 8. I guess it just shows that a simple story and colorful pictures can withstand the test of time.
This is a story of what a young child does on a snowy day. It may be a bit nostalgic for some older readers. Perhaps for children growing up in the 60’s and 70’s it was a fine book to read. We ...more
Ezra Jack Keats has done a great job at both illustrating and writing this story. Ezra Jack Keats’ illustrations are truly creative and colorful to look at as the characters and the environment surrounding them look like something cut out of a cardboard as the characters and the environment ...more
"But when he woke up, the snow was still there, and new snow was falling!"
..and dad is outside swearing as he tries to shovel out his snowed-in car so he can go to work. Meanwhile, mom has slipped and fallen on the puddle of water left when the snowball the idiot child tried to carry inside in his pocket melted. She calls and calls for help, but her son doesn't hear her because he is outside making snow angels and pathetic two-segm ...more
This book captures a nice nostalgia for being little and having a snow day, when the time seemed to stretch out forever and so much shit was packed into the day that now it's baffling how you could ever do so much.
As a little ki ...more
Looking at this book actually made me tear up a little. Going through some boxes I saw this lying at the bottom and was instantly transported across space and time to my childhood. I remembered for the first time in many many years a time when I was innocent, and a certain clarity that this novel brought me.
You might be sneering or contorting your face in some representation of disbelief, (stop doing that btw, it’s not flattering) but stay with me for a second and let me explain.
It was my second ...more
The book is a very simple tale of a little boy who goes out and explores his neighborhood in the snow--nothing complicated. So why is this book so celebrated 49 years later ...more
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The artwork doesn't have a lot of detail, but it transports the reader into it's snow filled pages. It's simple, but the snow covers all the outdoor ...more
He tries to join in with the older boys in a snowball fight but its a little to advanced for him, so he tries so ...more
This selection definitely deserved the Caldecott Award because:
~The new White Wonderland as displayed in the illustrations was actually a plethora of colors, which differentiates from most illustrators depictions of snow; instead of the monochroma ...more
Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1963. As he notes in his acceptance speech, "[it was] the very first full-color picture book to feature a small black hero" (Caldecott Medal, 1963). Published in 1962 at the height of the Black American Civil Rights Movement—and prior to the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy— children’s author Anita Silvey is quoted as saying “His act of bravery was matched by that of the Newberry-Caldecott committee when they hon...more
2008 Truly classic, wonderful and timeless.
Genre: picture book Reading level: 1-3 grade Format: good
The book The Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats is about a little boy who wakes up to snow. He gets super excited and puts on his warm clothes. He goes outside and goes into an adventure. He starts walking in the snow and notices he is leaving a footstep trail in the snow. While he is in his adventure he notices a group of older boys playing in the snow he wants to join them but he doesn’t because he knows he ...more
Keats brings a new meaning to having illustrations tell the story as her book would actually be incomplete without the assistance of the drawings. One example of such an occurrence is when she tells of how the boy walked with first his feet turned in, and then with his feet turned out. Instead of trying to describe this movement and the subsequent tracks in the snow, she instead shows this through illustrations. This slight trick forces the reader to read more than just the ...more
I like that it is about a child from the projects, whose friend lives in the apartment across the hall. I like that it is set in the big city, rather than some idealized, rustic rural paradise, or ghod forbid the suburbs.
Of course I like most of all that it's about snow. More specifically it is about what great f ...more
Long before multicultural characters and themes were fashionable, Ezra Jack Keats crossed social boundaries by being the first American picture-book maker to give the black child a central place in children’s literature.
In the books that Keats wrote and illustrated, he used his special artistic techniques to portray his subjects in a unique manner. One of these was his blending of gou ...more